William Robert Halliday was born in 1872, son of George Halliday and Annie. In 1891 he married Mary Ann Elizabet Hall at Nyngan. There were daughters and a son of the marriage. He died at Palmerston Avenue Glebe on 26 August 1931, aged 59 years . Mary Halliday died 15 February 1946, aged 74 years
Occupation & interests
Halliday, trained as a blacksmith, worked at Warren, Wellington and Dubbo with coachbuilders, before moving to 49 Cowper Street Glebe about 1903 and finding work in foundries encircling the city.
There was a discernible difference in the manner and dress of new aldermen after 1925 when the Labor Party wrested control of Glebe Council from local businessmen. Several, like Halliday, wore blue flannel shirts to work. The occupations of other Labor aldermen werea a schoolteacher, union official, french polisher and a clerk.
Local government service
William Halliday was an alderman on Glebe Council from 1928 to 1931. In July 1931 Halliday urged a clean-up of municipal affairs because ‘the scandalous condition of affairs had made a by-word of the Council during the reign of the present administration’ when he resigned from Council. He had earlier been expelled from caucus. Mayor Ward dismissed charges of corruption as without foundation.
Hogan, Michael 2004, Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW
Glebe Municipal Council minutes 6 February 1930
Sydney Morning Herald 3 December 1928 p. 14
Sydney Morning Herald 20 July 1931 p. 9; 22 July 1931 p. 12
Sydney Morning Herald 17 May 1929 p. 12
Sydney Morning Herald 27 August 1931 p. 7